Good news for moms who plan to breastfeed! You're not going to get less sleep than moms who bottle feed...
Good news for moms who plan to breastfeed! You're not going to get less sleep than moms who bottle feed their babies.
Contradicting the suspicion that breastfeeding moms get less sleep, the results represent "good information to be able to tell women, (that) 'not breastfeeding is not going to help you get better sleep,'" study author Dr. Hawley Montgomery-Downs of West Virginia University told Reuters Health. "And the benefits (of breastfeeding) for both mom and baby are tremendous." (Source)
It goes without saying that breastfeeding is the best option. Science has shown that many times over. Some moms even extend breastfeeding well beyond the first year of their baby's life. Of course, moms who don't breastfeed have their reasons for not doing so, but if interrupted sleep is the only reason, this study is trying to prove them wrong! I've seen several articles that have taken this information and used it to encourage moms to breastfeed. In fact, I've learned some interesting information, such as this:
Recently, a study estimated the U.S. could save $13 billion per year, as well as prevent 911 annual deaths, if 90 percent of new mothers in the U.S. breastfed exclusively for six months, as is generally recommended. (Source)
Breastfeeding to prevent deaths? Absolutely. Breastfeeding to save money? Sure! As I've shared before, I adopted my children as older infants and didn't breastfeed, even though adoptive breastfeeding is an option. And I know that my children had unique needs that complicated sleep, but I can tell you one thing: we bottle fed and we didn't get any sleep. At all! So what do you think? Does breastfeeding result in less sleep for moms? Or does the study reveal "the truth?!" Do the statistics about saving money and preventing deaths influence you at all?

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